The Jerry Shankle Memorial Foundation has recently been formed as a non-profit corporation with the purpose of awarding an annual partial college scholarship to one member of the Unaka High School boys’ basketball team. The foundation also seeks to support Unaka High School in other endeavors.
The foundation has been established in the memory of Jerry “Mule” Shankle who was an outstanding basketball player at Unaka High School in the early 1960s. His love of the game of basketball combined with his sportsmanship and devotion to UHS propelled him into the ranks of the school’s great basketball players. This foundation seeks to epitomize these characteristics by awarding an annual partial college scholarship to a member of the current UHS boys’ basketball team who exemplifies sportsmanship and school spirit.
The Jerry Shankle Memorial Foundation, along with Unaka High School, will hold its first-ever “Ranger Race” at the UHS track Saturday, May 18. Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and will include something for everyone. The races will begin at noon and include a one lap “fun run,” a one-mile run and a 5K. Participants can be walkers or runners to participate in the races.
Race participants will receive a customized racing number to wear and, possibly, other giveaways that the race organizers hope to secure. The cost for race participants is $10 and all proceeds go to the foundation. Children’s games will also be available.
Shankle’s daughter, Beth Shankle Anderson, is the founder and president of The Jerry Shankle Memorial Foundation. She formed this foundation in memory of her late father because of his deep love of UHS and its basketball program.
For more information about the foundation and its scholarship program, call Anderson at (850) 443-1544 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations to the foundation are welcome.